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Whiting American Hen Hackle

There is nothing more invigorating than the feel of a smallmouth hitting the fly you just tied! Anybody who's hooked one knows that these guys can sure put up a fight.

So when you're out on the water, you'd better have the right flies. To tie them, you'll need larger feathers, ones that are soft and webby to soak up water, and colors that are vibrant, both natural and bright.

 

dry fly hackleWhiting American Hen Capes

This line is unique in that these birds have been selected for wide, webby, sturdy feathers with rounded tips. A favorite among warm water fly tyers, these feathers come in a wide selection of colors.

 

Earth Tones This saltwater line has been bred for wide webby soft feathers. The stem of the feather is long so that you can tie most patterns with just one feather. These natural earth tones are called for in both warmwater and stealhead patterns.

One of the most effective yet simple fly patterns is the wollybugger. When fishing that fly in slow moving still water, you need to use a feather that is soft to give the fly the appearance of movement in the water. The feathers on an ordinary hen neck are too stiff and better for flies fished in faster moving trout water.

Hot Colors These saltwater hen capes are dyed a wide range of bright colors. These striking colors are dyed over white, grizzley, and black laced to give the tyer almost every color and feather pattern to tie with.

Today, warmwater and saltwater are the fastest growing markets in fly fishing, and sales of these feathers this last year at the shows just reinforces that. The patterns are fun to tie and the thrill of even that first bluegill will sure to get you hooked.

 

***To see the complete selection of soft hackle on offer by Whiting Farms, please visit the following pages; Whiting Hen Capes, Whiting Hen Saddles, and Whiting Soft Hackle with Chickabou.

 

    American Hen Capes - Grizzly  
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Natural Colors

grizzly light dark speckled variant muddy bleached
olive gold olive dk olive brown gold br burnt org cree

Hot Colors

red yellow orange chartreuse kingfisher purple hot pink

 

Whiting American Hen Cape / $25

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    American Hen Capes - Solid  
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Check the drop-down menu for availability. Please call for colors not listed.

Hot Colors

white black blue dun lt grey grey pwd charcoal
olive brown gld olive lt brown burnt org beatle gr brassy

Hot Colors

red yellow orange chartreuse floral highlander peach

Hot Colors

kingfisher silver doc hot pink soft pink magenta purple lavender

 

Whiting American Hen Cape / $25

To order, select a color;



 

 

 

    American Hen Capes - Laced  
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Check the drop-down menu for availability. Please call for colors not listed.

Natural Colors

white brown wh tipped br tipped claret g olive shrimp
ginger cream speckled lt brown dk brown silver golden

Hot Colors

red yellow orange chartreuse floral highlaner purple
kingfisher silver doc hot pink soft pink new color new color new color

 

Whiting American Hen Cape / $30

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Tips for Tying with American Hen Saddles

The colors and feather patterns here are unique to this saltwater line. Grizzly feathers are well marked with wide black barring and there are many color variations seen on the laced and grousy feathers.

The saddle feathers are even softer, wider, more webby than the feathers on the neck and make great collars on soft hackle flies. The fly in the picture on the left was tied with a single feather from a white dyed yellow hen saddle feather.

You won't find a better feather for tying classic wet fly patterns. The webbing on the topmost section or each feather extends right out to the tip and the barb lenth is long, perfect for tying wet fly tails.

The barbs on the middle section of the feather are a bit longer, but the webbing is not at tight, making them better suited for hackling throats or beards on wet fly patterns. Tied in this way, each barb is distinct, giving the throat just the right look.

 

    American Hen Saddles - Grizzly  
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Check the drop-down menu for availability. Please call for colors not listed.

Natural and Dyed

grizzly dark brown olive g brown g olive burnt org
red yellow orange chartruese kingfisher hot pink purple

 

American Hen Saddle / $20

To order, select a color;



 

 

 

    American Hen Saddles - Solid  
<dry fly saddles>  

Check the drop-down menu for availability. Please call for colors not listed.

Natural and Dyed

black white dun claret olive g olive burnt org
red yellow orange chartruese kingfisher hot pink purple

 

American Hen Saddle / $20

To order, select a color;



 

 

 

    American Hen Saddles - Laced  
<dry fly saddles>  

Check the drop-down menu for availability. Please call for colors not listed.

Natural and Dyed

white brown buff variant shrimp olive claret
red yellow orange chartruese silver doctor hot pink purple

 

American Hen Saddle / $30.00

To order, select a color;



 

 

 

 

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